smilingalbino-community-ahcOne of the biggest challenges facing sick children in rural Cambodia is the cost of getting to the hospital. What would be a simple ailment quickly develops into something far worse while family members save money to get to a hospital. Back in 2010 The Smiling Albino formed a relationship with the Angkor Hospital for Children (AHC), the country’s premier child care center who provide free healthcare to all comers.
They employed a tuk-tuk driver that the Smiling Albino team has known for a number of years, Mr. Sophoan, to drive kids two-times-per-month for treatment. Each day he drives, they pay him $20US, a good deal more than he’d make in a typical day picking up fares around town.
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Through donations they increased his days of service per month to four and then six!
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Last year a Smiling Albino guest generously donated $1,000 for a micro-loan to buy him a much needed, second-hand motorcycle. They added two more days of work per-month, which he applies to paying down his motorcycle loan. So through most of 2011 The Smiling Albino provided eight days of driving per month for sick kids, while putting $120 of much needed income in Mr. Sophoan’s pocket and helping him to keep driving/working via the micro-loan. Everyone wins!

Here’s Where You Can Help

So here we are in early 2012 and program funds are running low. They currently have enough money to keep the program operational until the end of March 2012 and are hoping you’d like to help keep it going.
Smiling Albino is currently accepting donations via PayPal at http://www.smilingalbino.com/about-us/community.php and any amount is greatly appreciated.
Suggested donations include one day of driving ($20), one month of driving ($120) or a larger amount that we could apply to adding more days of driving per month.
They are aiming to raise $2000 by March 31, 2012. I know that ThePlanetD readers have it in their hearts to help them out. We travelled with The Smiling Albino in 2011 and met the companies owners. They are a couple of Canadian guys with big hearts doing a world of good in Thailand and Cambodia alike. We’re heading over to donate, I hope you do too!
Note from Smiling Albino: We’re all about transparency and deliver as near to 100% of funds to the program as possible. We lose 3% of each PayPal transaction in fees but all remaining funds go directly to paying for rides. We personally take the money to Cambodia and our Team there manages the funds, paying Mr. Sophoan monthly, while the AHC schedules his days of work.
We’re trying to raise money to keep our Angkor Hospital for Children Tuk-Tuk Program going strong (http://www.smilingalbino.com/about-us/community.php) and need your help.

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6 Comments

  1. Nate @yomadic

    Donated – what a great cause.

    Also it’s nice that the tuk tuk driver get’s some extra work as well. I stay in contact with “my” tuk tuk” driver in Siem Reap, those guys do it tough, especially in the off-season.

    1. debndave Post author

      Thanks so much Nate. We donated too. The guys of the Smiling Albino are great guys and really care about the people of the places that they run tours through. It is tough for the people in Cambodia and with foundations like this, there is definitely hope for the future.

  2. Mica

    Hi guys!

    I would donate if I had the money but right now I literally am dead broke after getting my ticket to KL-MIA-MEL. So if they can stay afloat for a bit, when I get to Australia and start working I will be sure to donate something. I did share though hopefully those who can donate will give something. I really wish I could.

    1. debndave Post author

      No worries Mica, We are just putting it out there for everyone to help out if they can. Charity should never make anyone stressed out. If you can’t afford it right now, that is totally ok, others can. We only put in what we could afford at the moment as well. But like Smiling Albino said, every little bit helps. So for others even a few bucks can make a difference.

  3. Smiling Albino

    Thanks to the outstanding generosity of everyone who contributed to our Angkor Hospital for Children Tuk-Tuk Program Smiling Albino didn’t just exceed our goal of raising $2,000, we collected more than $5,000! With this funding we will be able to provide trips to the hospital to eight families a month for the next two years! Thanks again for your generous contributions.

    Currently we are working with the Samsara Foundation to sponsor 10 hilltribe students from the Mae Sariang region of NW Thailand, along the border with Myanmar, and will pay for their education to the end of Grade 12. Selected students are from the poorest of the poor and their interest in furthering their studies is a testament to their desire for a brighter future.

    1. debndave Post author

      That is so great to hear! Congratulations on exceeding your goal. Keep up the great work and so happy that we could do our small part and help in a little way.

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